Royal Wedding Roundup: Etiquette, hats and cheats
Welcome to the latest installment of Royal Wedding Roundup, where we take a look at the media madness surrounding the April 29 wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William in which no detail is too small to report, and no tie-in too ridiculous to contemplate. In this edition, etiquette books, the rise of hats, and the proliferation of misleading but clickable headlines.
Item 1: An etiquette book for guests. How do you get 1,900 wedding guests to follow the rules of the palace? Simple -- send them a 22-page royal etiquette book explaining some key dos and don’t s for the big day. A palace source confirmed to the Mirror that just such a book was sent to the royal guests with a list of rules to keep in mind at the wedding. For example, do remember to address the queen as “Your Majesty,” don’t wear cream or white (colors reserved for the bride) and if you intend to wear a top hat, make sure to take it off inside the church.
Item 2: Speaking of hats. Royal wedding obsessives have known for months that milliner Philip Treacy will design hats for the wedding party. Treacy was responsible for the Dutchess of Cornwall’s headdress at her 2006 wedding. (He’s also done work for Alexander McQueen and Lady Gaga). But the Pittsburgh Tribune Review is wondering whether the royal wedding will spark an interest in hats stateside. We say not likely, but the co-chairwoman of the 13th annual PNC Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Spring Hat Luncheon would beg to differ.
Item 3: Cheap clicks. So, there’s no new wedding news? Not to worry. Some of the media is willing to make some up. "ET" is reporting that Simon Cowell has not received his wedding invitation yet. Why? Because he’s not invited. And the Daily Mail claims to have pictures of the bride’s dress — as imagined by “Mad Men” designer Janie Bryant. Now that’s just cheating (though the dress does look pretty).
-- Deborah Netburn
Photo: Prince William and Kate Middleton cookies by Eleni's New York Inc. Credit: Jin Lee / Bloomberg